Patch Adams

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To love one person with a private love is poor and miserable: to love all is glorious.
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Hunter Campbell "Patch" Adams (born May 28 1945 is a medical doctor, social activist, citizen diplomat, professional clown, performer, and author. He founded the Gesundheit! Institute in 1972.

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  • Admitting he never had any religion, he calls a friend his "god" and the love of other people, God's spirit.
  • I entered medical school in 1967 to use medicine as a vehicle for social change. I used my free time to study the history of health care delivery around the world and to look at contemporary models with the idea of creating a medical model that would address all the problems of the way care is delivered. I didn't intend to create a model that would be the answer to the problems; but to model creative problem solving, and to spark each medical facility to design their own ideal rather than succumb to the garbage of managed care, or a resignation to the impossibility of humanistic care.

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